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Poirot and Me

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In the summer of 2013 David Suchet will film his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he will have played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he will bid adieu to a role and a character that have changed his life.

In Poirot and Me, David Suchet tells the story of how he secured the part, w
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Paperback, 373 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Headline (first published November 7th 2013)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Only Mrs Christie could possibly answer that, and she's been dead for decades now. I do know she wanted her other characters and books to be appreciat…moreOnly Mrs Christie could possibly answer that, and she's been dead for decades now. I do know she wanted her other characters and books to be appreciated, but there were howls from the public for a new, full-length novel featuring Poirot every single year--howls from people who would never even consider trying to write a mystery novel and have no idea how hard it is to come up with a fresh new plot after 70 stories featuring the same characters. Perhaps it's like TV actors who get typecast and feel resentful of the character that made them famous and wealthy. (less)
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Adrian
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zz-i-book, biography
I have always thought that David Suchet was the personification or embodiment of Hercule Poirot (like Joan Hickson for Miss Marple and Jeremy Brett for Holmes) and on reading this biography of his 25 Poirot years one can see why. He put his life and soul into understanding and interpreting Agatha Christie's enigmatic Belgian detective, and an amazing job he did as well.
Through short stories and novels, from hour long episodes to 2hour specials, he lived breathed, spoke, thought and most of all
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Vikas Singh
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Nice book on David Suchet's journey as Poirot with the iconic television series. Starting from the first 50 minute episode of The Adventure of the Clapham Cook in June 1988 to Dead Man's Folly shot in June 2013, the book chronicles his journey over seventy episodes shot over a period of 25 years. Written straight from the heart, the book offers great insight on how David carefully maintained the style and mannerism of Poirot. Great read
Jane
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make, I rarely read any kind of biography or autobiography.
I, however, loved the Poirot series with David Suchet, so I had to read this book.
It definitely did not disappoint. I loved reading about how he acquired the role initially, and how it changed over time, and the decisions that he made in bringing the role to the screen.
In my mind, he will always be the ultimate Poirot. His dedication to bringing the Poirot that Agatha Christie created was touching and made me adm
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Victoria
This is just a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys the Poirot series. Suchet so clearly loves Poirot. His agony every time he has to wait to see if the series will be renewed. His painstaking attention to detail. His determination to be true to the man Christie wrote.

It might be obvious to people who have looked at my books read list, I am a big Christie fan. And I have always the thought David Suchet is the only man who have ever played Poirot the way he should be played. Portrayals of Hercul
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Evelyn
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
I loved this book. A must for all fans of Hercule Poirot and David Suchet. I've been watching some of my Poirot DVDs again after David's insight into how they came about. It was fascinating to read how David Suchet was chosen to portray Agatha Christie's most famous detective and how he brought him to life for the screen. His 25 years of work as one special character was phenomenal. A wonderful read. I would read it again.
Betsy
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of two men, one is a character actor while the other is the product of the imagination of Agatha Christie. For 25 years their existences intertwined in 70 television productions of varying lengths, which eventually led to this book. Amazingly, in 1988, when David Suchet was first offered the part of Hercule Poirot, he had never read any of the books. Twenty-five years later he had become the definitive Belgian detective. In fact, the part had become an obsession with him, ...more
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Dinusha
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I should start this review by pointing out some things. First of all, I have a great admiration for David Suchet as an actor in his portrayal of Poirot. He is the definitive Poirot because he is an intense character actor. Second, I went in expecting an entirely different kind of book. Third, Suchet is an actor not a writer, and some of my misgivings with the book stem from this issue.

I'm very sorry to say I ended up not liking this book much at all. I trudged through the entire thing to be a fa
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 Ariadne Oliver
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in Poirot the character or the tv series Agatha Christie's Poirot, this is well worth the read. Suchet clearly put a lot of thought in how to play Poirot and his analysis is thought-provoking. I also enjoyed reading about how he as a character actor approaches creating a role.
Tracey
A fabulous read.
Sue
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mya, bio
I hadn't realised that David Suchet has filmed all of Agatha Christie's Poirot stories. He describes how his interpretation of Poirot grew over time, as he felt he understood Poirot more and wanted to bring an authentic version of him to the audience. It was not a given that he would be able to do all the stories, and it was interesting to hear how films, or short series of films are commissioned and how each producer or director will have their own opinion about how the characters should be por ...more
Lizzie
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Choose not to finish after 91 pages. (10/06/20) I like Suchet as an actor but there's no real insight into his portrayal of Poirot in this book. It's basic and repetitive. A typical chapter is him explaining the plot of each episode he filmed, emphasising that it was well received, and then being unsure if there will be another series. Statements are made about himself, the role, or his and Poirot's similarities, but he doesn't tell us in any detailed way why this is the case.

There are a lot of
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Kittaroo
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is, undoubtedly, a book for hardcore fans of the little Belgian sleuth. So, as it happens, I am one of them, I simply adored it.
Suchet's memories cover 25 years of production, from the very beginning, the creation, the search for Poirot, to the bitter end.
I can't bear there will be no more Poirot. But this memoir let us know that Suchet is well aware of what has accomplished: he has really brought Poirot to life. And it is impossible not to be grateful to the struggle he made to be
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Camille Maio
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading insights into the creation of this beloved character on television. I have watched many of the Poirot episodes, but this book inspired me to buy the entire collection on DVD. I can't wait to watch it start to finish! Thanks to David Suchet for many years of Poirot.
Carla
I listened to this book on Audible so I had the benefit of David Suchet's Poirot voice as well as his own.
The book, as suggested by the title, only covers the years of his career since taking on the role 25 years ago, but it also talks about the many roles he played in between the various Poirot series and the uncertain nature of an actor's life.
It discusses in great detail the production of each film explaining how and why each book was adapted as it was. I did sometimes find Mr Suchet's insist
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Harry Buckle
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The nastiest book I have read in the last decade was the autobiography of Kenneth Clarke the Brit politician...sadly, as Suchet playing Poirot on TV is a work of genius...this book is not. It lets him down. It drones on and on and Mr Suchet comes over as a picky really not very nice person...who seems to have been consumed by the character he plays. As he has been playing Poirot for much of his life that is possibly no surprise. When he does work on other parts he portrays him self as 'oh so kin ...more
Cristina
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me more than a month to finish Poirot and Me but it was worth it.
Tara
Certainly not a bad read for the 99 cents I paid for the Kindle edition. There are some interesting tidbits about Suchet's method when preparing for and portraying the role, as well as behind the scenes stories about the production. But somehow, for a role he played on and off for 25 years, I wanted more.
Margaret
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent autobiography of actor David Suchet covering the 25 years he played Hercule Poirot.

Marvellous and fun read.
Julie Davis
I never have seen David Suchet's portrayal of Hercule Poirot. Having read the books from an early age, I never cared about seeing the detective on screen. However, I have been really enjoying Suchet's narration of the NIV Bible and that led me to this book. I am quite fond of Poirot (hence my lack of desire in having any version but my mental one) and I can tell that Suchet is also.

The first half to two-thirds of the book is very interesting as Suchet talks about how he came to his interpretati
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Kerli
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, non-fic, mine
I got this for my birthday and was really interested. I like Poirot, I definitely think Suchet got the part right, and had high hopes for this book.

What I got, was just...meh. The beginning was good, about how he created the character and the filming of the first series, his "family" of Japp, Hastings and Miss Lemon, but then it just became samey. In every chapter there was a brief synopsis of each story and list of actors, and then how after each series his contract was never renewed and he li
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Nicole
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: voices, non-fiction
David Suchets book is a devotion to Hercule Poirot. With a very entertaining writing he describes,tells and explains his role which he played over 25 years ! and how he merged with thy little man. At the end,he didn't play Poirot, Poirot was a huge part of him already.
The book therefore is for all the people,the devotees of the little Belgian who had been and remained a vital part of their lives and a lovely addition watching his play on screen. Suchet shares his many memories of creating the te
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Heather W
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written and brilliant telling of some of the stories behind the making of one of my favourite TV programmes - Poirot and me is a must for fans of the show. It allows for some interesting reading, as well as some genuine heartwarming as well as sad stories. I laughed, I cried and I really enjoyed myself.

Edit: re-read January 2020. Just as good as I remembered, but I was still able to pick up information that I had missed the first time I read it. I was able to reflect just how much Poirot
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Bookwormandtheatremouse
This is one of the most wonderful memoirs I have ever read - I am not going to lie it is quite an emotional read. I am a huge fan of Poirot - and David Suchet as Poirot - and this book has simply made me admire both even more. It is a wonderful recollection of Suchet's 25 years as Poirot and other work he completed during that time but it is also very informative about Agatha Christie and her work. I enjoyed every page of this book and the tales it told - I am sure I will be returning to this bo ...more
Laura Dowers
I've always loved the Poirot films and was looking forward to this book.
It is a very general account of Mr Suchet's time as Poirot, with very little in-depth information about the shoots and other actors.
His pride in his performance and the quality of the productions are very evident, as is his genuine kind personality, but I would have liked a more insightful book. I skimread some pages as they just seemed to cover the same ground.
Not bad - could have been better.
John Frankham
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A thoroughly well-written and entertaining autobiography, concentrating on Suchet's twenty year stint in filming all the Poirot stories, but also providing a pretty full chronological narration of his whole career, with many successes in theatre, film, and television, and personal life. I listened to this, narrated charmingly by the author himself. Delightful.
Christina McLain
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great autobiography for two kinds of people: those who are fans of Agatha Christie, especially those who admire her beloved character Hercule Poirot and those who are actors and actresses themselves. Suchet takes us through his life story and tells us that growing up in England, he always desired to be a character actor. In the late 1980's he was offered the part of Poirot but he never knew after each series ended, whether or not he would be asked again to play the little Belgian detec ...more
Suyog Garg
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
"It never ends with the murder......."

How succint these words of Monsier Hercule Poirot seem. Been a Christie fan ever since I first encounted her masterful creation in that mysterious 'Halloween Party', I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful narrative from the actor who redefined what a character actor means by his flawless portrayal of the affable Poirot for a quarter of a century. Getting an opportunity to gaze inside the world of television production and the workings of an actor's mind, were s
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Amanda
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I finally listened to this audiobook, which is well narrated by Suchet. At first I quite enjoyed the behind the scenes details of all the enjoyable Poirot films. After two thirds of the book, it began to feel like Suchet was collecting all his beloved memories of his career while playing Poirot for himself, rather than for an audience. We were given many details about shooting times, airing dates, other plays or movies he acted in, the compliments he received from important people and multiple e ...more
Amarante
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poirot and Me is a most beautiful memoire of David Suchet, the only actor to have played all Poirot stories ever written by dame Agatha Christie.
The book provides fun facts and titbits about every single episode made in the entire Poirot series and, probably more interestingly, how David Suchet has made this fictional character into such a realistic human being that has become such a dear and indispensable friend to a great amount people from all sorts of backgrounds. Poirot and Me, however, go
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“This is one of the great charms of Poirot’s investigations, for they reveal a world where manners and morals are quite different from today. There are no overt and unnecessary sex scenes, no alcoholic, haunted detectives in Poirot’s world. He lives in a simpler, some would say more human, era: a lost England, seen through the admiring eyes of this foreigner, this little Belgian detective.” 13 likes
“I would walk round that beautiful, unspoilt little island, with its population of under a hundred and where there isn’t a single tarmac road, thinking about how he would truly sound. Perhaps the quietness of the island helped me do so. ‘Everybody thinks he’s French,’ I said to myself as I walked across the great stones that littered the beach at Rushy Bay, or stomped over the tussocky grass of Heathy Hill, with its famous dwarf pansies. ‘The only reason people think Poirot is French is because of his accent,’ I muttered. ‘But he’s Belgian, and I know that French-speaking Belgians don’t sound French, not a bit of it.’"

"I also was well aware of Brian Eastman’s advice to me before I left for Bryher: ‘Don’t forget, he may have an accent, but the audience must be able to understand exactly what he’s saying.’ There was my problem in a nutshell."

"To help me, I managed to get hold of a set of Belgian Walloon and French radio recordings from the BBC. Poirot came from Liège in Belgium and would have spoken Belgian French, the language of 30 per cent of the country’s population, rather than Walloon, which is very much closer to the ordinary French language. To these I added recordings of English-language stations broadcasting from Belgium, as well as English-language programmes from Paris. My principal concern was to give my Poirot a voice that would ring true, and which would also be the voice of the man I heard in my head when I read his stories. I listened for hours, and then gradually started mixing Walloon Belgian with French, while at the same time slowly relocating the sound of his voice in my body, moving it from my chest to my head, making it sound a little more high-pitched, and yes, a little more fastidious. After several weeks, I finally began to believe that I’d captured it: this was what Poirot would have sounded like if I’d met him in the flesh. This was how he would have spoken to me – with that characteristic little bow as we shook hands, and that little nod of the head to the left as he removed his perfectly brushed grey Homburg hat. The more I heard his voice in my head, and added to my own list of his personal characteristics, the more determined I became never to compromise in my portrayal of Poirot. ”
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